Pranic nourishment is sometimes called living off the sunlight. It is a phenomenon of a life from prana which also includes abandoning physical food as we know it. Breatharianism is gaining popularity, even in the Czech Republic. It is one of the ways to a new future, new way of thinking and perceiving the world and existence in it.
Breatharians believe they don't have to ingest any food. They believe that you can become independent on food; you can live off prana and sunlight, thus "pranic nourishment" or "pranic food" Scientists and medical professionals do not accept this practice and view it as very dangerous. However, there are some people who strive to prove that this way of life is possible and that it is a unique reality.
Pranic nourishment is a phenomenon known for thousands of years. However, in earlier times, this approach to life was only adopted by a handful of yogis; today it begins to gain acknowledgement.
There is no simple way to do it. It is a long and neverending way of one's own development and self-perfection.
The main advantage of breatharianism is a somewhat overall simplification or better-put transparence to the way of life; a spiritual uplifting of an individual to the essence of the universe, getting rid of diseases, gaining more time, clearer thinking and enhanced intuition. The basic textbook for anyone who would like to go pranic is the book Lifestyle Without Food by Joachim M. Werdin. In the Czech Republic, breatharianism is promoted by Henri Monfort from France and by a long-term "faster" Pavel Mácha.
Without long-term honest fast and significant changes in mindset, there is no way to breatharianism. It is a difficult way but according to breatharianism practitioners, it is a great hope for peaceful life of humanity.
As far as food is concerned, going vitarian is recommended within transition to breatharianism. Vitarianism is a Czech name for raw vegan movement which prefers raw vegan food without heat processing. Food and meals are then based on raw fruit, raw vegetables, nuts, seeds, sprouts and virgin olive oil. Meat, dairy products, milk, all cereals, honey and refined sugars are excluded from the vitarian diet; even some legumes, apart from certain exceptions. Reasons for transition to vitarianism may vary. One of such reasons is e.g. effort for return to nature and natural being. According to vitarians, health trouble may be caused by our civilized way of life which is unnatural to man. By adjusting their diet, these people strive to return to the natural order given to us by nature.
Food is not processed and people eat it in the form in which it came to us. By heating food up, enzymes naturally contained in foods get ruined. These enzymes are contained in foods naturally and they allow us to digest them smoothly; if we get rid of them by processing the food thermally, the body is forced to generate them on its own which allegedly burdens our body. Vitarians trust the abilities of our body to decide on its needs for itself, and don't categorize it into charts or rules.
The first step of transitioning to a change in one's diet is to detoxify our body. This detoxification may manifest in unpleasant conditions, overall weakness, rashes, headaches and depressions. The biggest pitfall when transitioning to vitarianism is mental addiction to thermally processed food. This involves our habits; usually it is hard to let go of bread. It is therefore recommended not to transition within one day, but to let the body transition to the new regime slowly.
Breatharianism is a movement based on the claim that people don't need food for life (and not even drink) According to breatharianism, people can live off prana or sunlight exclusively.
There is a similar direction within Christianity; according to so-called inedia, there is no need to eat or drink anything but the Eucharist.
People living without food are called breatharians, solarians, waterians or pranarians. They usually first transition to vegetarian diet, then to vitarianism and liquidarianism which means ingesting only vegetable and fruit juices. The self-cleansing mechanism in our body is started by mere exclusion of processed foods. The body is supposed to detoxify itself from harmful substances and toxins that have been settling in it. Such a transition is not easy for many people; we are used to our way of eating, but breatharians consider this diet dead and without energy.
Breatharins are convinced that they don't need to eat physical food to live - they live off the energy of the universe - prana and energy of the sun, earth and nature. Unlike consumers of physical food, renowned breatharians are fully healthy and they are content with their lives. Their spiritual forces multiply, their consciousness and perception boundaries. However, breatharianism is not only about food; it is an overall change to human personality, mindset, getting rid of addictions and gaining unsuspected freedom.
Anyone can become a breatharian. Before transitioning to pranic nourishment, there is a two-year preparation and the entire transition cycle ends with 21 days during which a person gives up physical food and "convinces" their cells that they don't need food. However, certain conditions must be met. If people don't meet these conditions, they could even die.
A successful direct transition without preparatory stages is nearly impossible.
One of the problems of becoming a full breatharian doesn't have to be hunger or inability to live without food, but sensory taste deprivation. This is particularly difficult for people with extremely developed taste sensors. From this point of view, semi-breatharianism or semi-pranarianism seems to be a way, where little amounts of food are consumed not because of energy but because of sensory interaction.
Prana is a Sanskrit word for life force, breath, air or wind. The root of the word -pra- respresents the essence of flow or fulfilment. According to Hinduism, prana contains everything and represents all vital energy flows. Energy flows through human body and influence both mental and physical condition of the body. Prana therefore represents a sort of basic life energy that each living organism needs to work. Prana is life energy which is everywhere and in everything, it can be dynamic or static. People can receive it through breathing, food, air, Sun and in other ways.
Life Without Food - Truth or Fraud?
Breatharianism is related to a very advanced technique of life energy management. People who claim they don't need food to live also claim they live off prana or the Sun. In the past, breatharianism was a privilege of spiritual practice of Eastern ascetics; however nowadays it is gaining popularity and each continent has some people who are interested in this approach to life. At the same time, breatharianism also faces harsh criticism and skeptical opinions on the possibilities of long-term functioning without solid food.
Contemporary scientific studies from the fields of diet and dietary movements unanimously conclude that these people die of starvation or dehydration after pursuing this approach for a long time. Furthermore, people who call themselves breatharians seldom practice their techniques under medical or other observation, that is why there is little or no proof of their life without food.
From a scientific point of view, any long-term fasting leads to starvation, dehydration and consequent death. The body starts to miss carbohydrates, fats and proteins which are the only energy sources for our body. Although some breatharians have undertaken medical tests, their results were far from convincing.
However, there are several possible explanations of how is it possible that the body can do without food. One of them is an assumption that the body adapts and lowers its need of calorie intake. According to this explanation, the process is similar to the one occurring in hibernating animals. It is assumed that after ca 30 days of fasting, the body adapts and slows down its metabolism; bodily needs are reduced to a minimum and the feeling of hunger is no longer present. Another explanation is that the body gains life energy from cosmic sources. These sources are Sun, Earth, water, plants, animals and other human beings. Out of these sources, Sun and air are the strongest ones. Similarly as plants depend on photosynthesis and therefore on the Sun, people may do the same. Even human aura may play a role in this process of cosmic energy intake into human body. Other possible explanations include different genetic dispositions of the people or advanced energy management in the body and its efficient recycling in the body that reduce the need of food significantly.